Western Welcomes Prospective Students

The first Preview Day of the semester showed students the Western Value

Bethany Eveleth / Staff Writer

Friday, Oct. 7 brought 130 prospective students from all over the state, and country, to Western’s campus for an all day event dedicated to educating future students about everything Western has to offer, as well as how to approach applying to and entering college life. This event is known as Preview Day.

The event started at 10am, where students were able to attend the Program Fair, which gave them the opportunity to talk to representatives of most of the campus programs, and understand what many of the majors on campus entail. Following the hour long fair in the Mountaineer Field House, families and students were directed to the University Center (UC), where they spent much of their day. Students attended open question and answer sessions as well as activities, while parents attended talks that provided an overview of the application process, financial aid applications, and more. Participants also get the opportunity to take a campus tour led by a Western student ambassador. The tours were split up into the various majors Western has to offer, many of them led by students who are involved in that particular area of study.

“I enjoyed [Preview Day] a lot. It is really cool to see how the environment and community here are,” said Elizabeth Posavad, a junior attending Legend High School in Parker, CO. “Everyone is really friendly, which is intriguing to me, because I’m from a bigger environment, which can be not so friendly.” Posavad went on the Recreation and Outdoor education tour with her mom and dad, and is looking forward to studying many things in college.

Aside from being a great way to spend the day at Western as well as hear from many of the different facets the university has to offer, Preview Day comes with some really unique perks. In the past, Western has offered free shuttles from Colorado Springs and Denver to give interested students and families a more accessible way to journey from the front range to the valley. For this Preview Day, Western was able to collaborate with some of the hotels in town to offer families a complimentary one night stay. One lucky student won tickets to the Broncos vs. Chiefs game on November 27. The tickets were a part of a ticket drawing that all attendees were entered to win.

Student ambassadors help to prepare the campus for visitors. Present for all of Preview Day, they offer prospective students first hand insight about anything they may be wondering about, and take students and their families on the tour that occurs in the afternoon.

“Preview Day is so much fun! It’s a great experience for students who are looking to come to Western to see what we are all about,” said Carly Zimmerman, a junior here at Western. “We get to show them a little snippet of the Western value.”

At the forefront of planning is Western’s Campus Visit Coordinator, Alyssa Magalong. Magalong is a recent Western graduate, and returned to fill the spot this summer.

“This Preview Day was my first one, and I could not have asked for a more supportive and collaborative team,” said Magalong. “I think the success of our Preview Days is from the collaboration.”

As a new graduate, Magalong also loves offering prospective students and their families a fresh perspective of what student life is like. There are three more Preview Days on the calendar for the year, each offering different opportunities to help prospective students experience Western and the surrounding community.